National Family Caregiver Support Program

BACKGROUND 
Families—not social service agencies, nursing homes, or government programs— are the primary providers of long-term care for older and disabled persons in the United States. More than 44 million persons are informal caregivers, providing unpaid help to persons who live in the community and have at least one limitation on their activities of daily living. These caregivers include spouses, adult children and other relatives and friends. The degree of caregiver involvement has remained fairly constant for more than a decade, bearing witness to the remarkable resilience of the American family in taking care of its older persons. This is despite increased geographic separation, greater numbers of women in the workforce and other changes in family life. Family caregiving has been a budget-saver to governments faced with the challenge of covering the health and long-term care expenses of persons who are ill and have chronic disabilities. The economic value of our Nation’s family and informal caregivers has been estimated at $306 billion annually. The program calls for all States, working in partnership with Area Agencies on Aging and local community-service providers, to have five basic services for family caregivers. These services include: • • • Information to caregivers about available services Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiving roles Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by family caregivers

ABOUT THE PROGRAM 
The enactment of the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000 established the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

Currently funded at $162 million including the Native American Caregiver Support Program, this program has served more than 750,000 caregivers. Implementation of the

 

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